AVN Book Club: 1960's Good Housekeeping Magazines

by - May 18, 2015

A Vintage Nerd

If you ever doubted that owning or reading vintage magazines was a good investment, I am hear to tell you that I find them to be one of the best sources for learning about the lifestyles of the past.

With these magazines that I am sharing with you today, reading through them honestly made me feel like I was stepping out of time. I never read vintage Good Housekeeping magazines before so needless to say I was intrigued about what I could find. Many magazines from yesteryear, like today, focused on specific topics like fashion, current events, holidays, recipes, etc but Good Housekeeping seems to have it all.

Inside I found interesting articles focusing on fashion, recipes, advice columns, short stories, and even some Hollywood gossip! Goodness they are a smorgasbord of 1960's awesomeness. I cannot recommend enough getting your hands on some vintage magazines. The ads are mind blowing, the recipes are creative, and the fashion tips are spot on.

I know it would be difficult to get your hands on magazines pre-1930's but grab and read what you can. Vintage magazines are like little time machines allowing you to step into the past. They give you a chance to see what it was like to live in that time.

Vintage Magazines
Vintage Magazines
Good Housekeeping
Vintage Ads
1960s Fashion
1960s Fashion

A wonderful reader of mine graciously offered to send me these great 1960's Good Housekeeping magazines and when I received them I truly felt spoiled. Big thanks to Desirae from Dolled-up Desirae blog!!!

Have you read Good Housekeeping magazine? Do you find vintage magazines to be a great source of information about the past? What vintage magazines do you love to read?

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  1. Reading vintage magazines is such a good way of getting inspiration and learning about daily life. They are not biased or an interpretation but true snippets of times gone by. It's fascinating to think that somebody sixty or seventy years ago read exactly the same article. A few days ago I found a book published by good housekeeping with lots of their articles from the 1940s. There's such a variety, it's a great read! The sixties ones that you've shared with us today are great too! X


    1. That is so true Hayley!! Unbiased is a perfect way to describe reading through them. Thank you for your wonderful comment! xox

  2. I couldn't agree more!!! Even as their prices have soared in the last few years, I still continue to treat myself to a new vintage magazine (or photo filled booklet of some kind or another) ever few months at least. I read them over time and time again, year after year, and would say that they've been instrumental tools to me in my vintage research and wardrobe building over the years.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. I love, love, love vintage magazines! Of the ones I have, my 50's/60's Woman's Day ones are probably my favorites, especially the ones with ideas for Christmas presents (so many good patterns and fun things to make!).

  4. Good Housekeeping magazines are always awesome reads. My favorites are 1930s-1950s. My local library offers a great treat they archived every Good Housekeeping magazine from the 1900-present day. When I have time I'll sit in a quite corner of the library and take non-flash photos with my digital camera of my favorite articles or fashions from the magazines since they are not allowed to be taken out of the library.
    It seems to me when the 1960s hit Good Housekeeping did not provide as much good info as it did in the years before the1960s. Which bums me out, for me there are less photographs and how to tips for homemaking. Which is ok since the 1960s Good House keeping magazines offered up good advice articles relevant to the times.

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  5. I have been trying to find an issue of Good Housekeeping from 1963 or 1964 that featured the home I bought in 2007. I have not had any luck and wondered if you have any suggestions. I wrote to the Hearst company but got no reply. I have a black and white copy of the article. Would LOVE to see the original! Any suggestions?!

  6. Julie Steiner, did you ever find the magazine with your house? We found a stack of 60s Good Housekeeping magazines in our attic when moving. Text 865.604.8546.